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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Alexander and Rosie
By Shari Armstrong
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“What’s not fair?” a voice above him said.
Alexander looked up and up, to see his friend Rosie Giraffe nibbling on some leaves high in the tree. “My trunk is too long. The others keep making fun of me,” he said.
Rosie leaned her head down to look her friend in the eye. “I think your trunk is just fine.”
“What do you know? You are a giraffe. You are long all over.” Alexander made a sad trumpet with his trunk, “Bweeet.”
“I get made fun of, too.”
Alexander looked up at his friend. “You do?”
“Yes. My spots are different. The other giraffes have smooth spots. Mine are wiggly on the edges. That is why Mama called me Rosie. She said my spots looked like flowers.”
Alexander tilted his head and looked at his friend. “Yes, they do kind of look like flowers. But, doesn’t it hurt when they make fun of you?”
“Yes,” she said and the nibbled on another leaf. “But not anymore. I know that my family loves me. And, I have good friends like you.” She took a few leaves off the branch and dropped them. “Here, have some yummy leaves.”
”Barooo,” trumpeted Alexander. “Thank you. Even with my long trunk, I still can’t reach those yummy leaves.”
Rosie smiled and said, “Let’s go play in the watering hole. It’s getting hot.”
“Race you!” Alexander began to run toward the watering hole.
Rosie quickly passed him with her long legs. She walked into the water, waiting for Alexander to get there.
Alexander got to the water’s edge and used his long trunk to send a shower of water high into the air, not quite reaching Rosie’s head.
Rosie laughed, “See? Your long trunk is great for water fights.” She leaned down and used her head to splash water in the direction of her friend.
The two played and played until they heard Alexander’s mommy call him to come home.
“Barooo.” Alexander waved with his trunk. “See you tomorrow, Rosie!”
”Bye, Alexander.” Rosie joined her herd at the other side of the watering hole and nuzzled her mama’s long neck and went to sleep.
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